We cordially invite you to the ‘Doghole’ film screening and discussion with producer Mr. Wong Hoy Cheong as follows:

Date : 25 February 2015, Wednesday
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : Rumah Gerakbudaya, No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Co-Organisers : Pusat Sejarah Rakyat, SIRD & Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy.

Doghole (2010) is Wong’s short film which has been acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection, an international renowned art museum in New York. It is a nuanced exploration of the occupation of pre-independent Malaysia by the Japanese during and following World War II. This analyzes the titular 1942 massacre through stories of terror and trauma related by survivors, and by the families of young Chinese who were detained by the Kempeitai (Imperial Japanese Army).

Doghole portrays the same historical event but concentrates on the single account of Wong Kum Peng, one of very few survivors of the detention cells. In this video, the artist delves deeper into the psychological effects of war, suggesting that its conditions of great stress and uncertainty tend to elicit equally extreme and ambiguous responses, including fantasies of escape and complicity, as well as unexpected acts of empathy and compassion.

Wong Hoy Cheong received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts in 1986. As well as maintaining a practice, he also teaches art. During his five years teaching at the Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur, he developed courses in Alternative/Third World Aesthetics, Installation, Performance and Video Art. He was the artist-in-residence at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, in 1992. In search of faraway places was included in ‘The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1996.

Enquiry: contact Mr. Ng at 012-2658448